New Pizza Place Opening Soon

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The American Pie Pizza Company will soon be opening next to Beef ‘O’ Brady’s on Adamo Dr. in Tampa. It will be offering specialties like toasted ravioli, mozzarella marinara and sweet potato fries as starters, a BLT burger baguette and other sandwiches in addition to New York-style pizzas, including the Mozzarella Cheese White, BBQ Chicken, the All American Pie and more. For dessert, it will offer fresh fried chocolate dough and the American Cookie Pie. This will be the franchise’s seventh, location with others in Orlando and Pinellas Park.

American Pie Pizza Company is located at 9331 Adamo Dr. in Tampa and will be open Monday- Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.- 12 Midnight and Sunday, 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. For more information, please call 621-6569 or visit

Dollar Store Comes to Kings Row

Family Dollar

Family Dollar recently opened in the Kings Row plaza on the corner of Kings and Bloomingdale avenues. Family Dollar is located at 821 Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon. It will be open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Family Dollar operates over 6,600 stores in a 44-state area, ranging from Maine to Florida and as far as Idaho and Arizona. A typical store ranges in size from 6,000 to 8,000 sq. feet.

For more information, please visit or call the store at 651-3943.

Bakery and Kitchen Offers Cuban and Latin Delicacies

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Tio’s Bakery & Kitchen also recently opened in the Kings Row plaza, next to Family Dollar. Tio’s Bakery is owned by five-year Brandon resident Luis Estrada and opened 11 months ago. It offers “the best Cubans; people have been telling me since we opened,” Estrada said. In addition to Cuban sandwiches, which are served on freshly baked bread, Tio’s serves black beans, red beans, two soups a day, breakfast sandwiches, chicken, beef and pork empanadas and pastries. It will soon be adding on a new pastry chef as well. Most meals, Estrada said, average in price at $5.99 and most pastries are under $2. The 2,100-sq.-ft. restaurant offers seating for 26 inside and also offers catering.

Tio’s Bakery is located at 833 Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon and is open Monday from 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Wednesday- Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and is closed on Sunday. For more information or to place a take-out order, please call 662-3861.

Consignment Shop for Your Little Ones

Lil Ones Closet

Local resident Summer Akins, recently opened Lil One’s Closet, an infant and toddler consignment store. Akins opened Lil One’s Closet in early February, and owns the business with her mother, Sherry Faivre. Lil One’s Closet sells cribs, crib bedding, clothing from premature to 5T, shoes, swings, bouncer seats, strollers, bassinets, pack and plays, toys, bottles and anything else that you need for you infant or toddler.

Akins said, “When customers come in with their kids, they can feel comfortable about it,” she said. “For the people that can’t afford to buy new things for their children at such high prices, and babies have so many things, it can get expensive, as fast as they out grow things.” Lil One’s Closet takes items in on consignment and is accepting any children’s clothing and accessories.
“All of our items are gently used in very good condition and some new, but at very affordable prices,” Akins concluded.

It is located at 430 W. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., in Seffner in front of Brandon Rental. For more information, please call 661-4272. The store is open Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mondays the shop is closed.

Update Your Website Anytime with Pacesetter

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Local Brandon resident and owner of Pacesetter Media, Dave Loebig, is rolling out a new service to his clients: update your Website anytime you want. This service will become available in July and will include  a simple interface, a short learning curve, being able to update text, tables and content, uploading and posting pictures, search engine friendly URLs, per page titles, keywords, and descriptions (important for search optimization), options for a calendar and photo/product galleries and custom design and custom options. Other  services offered by Loebig include Website design and hosting, graphic design, logo design, Web applications, print materials like business cards, post cards, door hangers and fliers and related services including professional photography and press releases.

For more information, please visit or

Embassy Suites Tampa – Brandon Receives Florida Green Lodging Program Designation

Embassy Suites

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) welcomes Embassy Suites – Tampa Brandon to the Florida Green Lodging Program. The voluntary state initiative provides the lodging industry with free technical assistance, encouraging hotels and motels to adopt cost-saving “green” practices that reduce waste and conserve natural resources.

Embassy Suites – Tampa Brandon has helped the environment by performing actions like recycling paper, cardboard, plastic, aluminum and steel cans, installing energy-efficient light bulbs in all hotel fixtures and fitting low-flow showerheads and toilets in its facilities. In addition, it has incorporated a water and energy saving linen program and now makes an initiative to use the services of environmentally preferred cleaners.

When staying at an Embassy Suites hotel, guests can contribute to the environmentally-sustainable initiatives by recycling beverage containers and newspapers when finished with them and by giving feedback. Embassy Suites hotels are asking for guests to express their ideas and appreciation for eco-friendly programs.

Life Line Screenings Offered at BRH

Brandon Regional Hospital (BRH) will be hosting lifesaving screenings. Over 5 million people have participated in Life Line Screening’s ultrasound screenings that can determine your risk for stroke, caused by carotid artery disease, abdominal aortic aneurysms and other vascular diseases. Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer in the United States of both men and women—and a leading cause of permanent disability. Unfortunately, four out of five people that suffer a stroke have no apparent symptoms or warning signs. A package of four painless stroke, vascular disease and heart rhythm screenings costs only $139.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, which are limited, please call 1-800-395-1801.

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Jennifer Silverstein
Jennifer is the Assistant Editor at the Osprey Observer, having climbed the corporate ladder from intern in 2007. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications. She lives in Channing Park with her husband, Eric, and their two dogs.